Things To Do Downtown
Autumn has officially arrived downtown and with it a fresh slate of downtown happenings. From some of our favorite annual events making their return, like First Bite Boulder's Restaurant Week and the Pearl Street classic Munchkin Masquerade, to brand-new signature events like the Boulderthon, there is so much going on this October! Read on for details on each of these exciting programs.
As we come together to rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we humbly request that you join us in our efforts to bring back cherished events, and help us unite the community back in our beloved downtown.
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Highlights for October 2021
Munchkin Masquerade and Harvest Scavenger Hunt!
Each year, Downtown Boulder is invaded by tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, superheroes, animals of every size and more trick-or-treating along Pearl Street. After a year away, we can't wait to see you at the community favorite Munchkin Masquerade this year on Sunday, October 31 from 3 pm - 6 pm. Come in costume or come as you are, just make sure to bring a face-covering so we all can celebrate safely together!* Treats are available at Treat Stops for participants ages 10 and under thanks to the gracious support of our participating downtown businesses. Make sure to say thank you!
*If you choose to participate, please follow Boulder County Public Health Guidelines to keep us all healthy. Check out our Visit Safe page for details.
For those looking for an alternative way to celebrate but still have some fun downtown, check out our Harvest Scavenger Hunt here that happens from November 1st - 14th. Explore downtown on your own and have some fun along the way!
Enjoy Boulder Restaurant Week with First Bite Boulder & Our Downtown Restaurants!
Join First Bite Boulder and the Boulder County culinary community for the 16th annual Boulder County Restaurant Week! Running this year from October 8-17, 2021. First Bite will be showcasing Boulder County’s top restaurants ranging from established favorites and new-to-town eateries. First Bite is evolving to include all menus and offerings from Boulder’s most creative chefs. With a wide variety of pre-fixe selections - including options for dinner AND brunch - there is something for everyone at this celebrated culinary event. This is a non-ticketed event, and reservations should be made independently with each participating restaurant. To see dining options, click the button below
Celebrate the Inaugural Boulderthon!
Boulderthon Marathon (and Half Marathon) is happening this Sunday, October 10th from 8 am - 3 pm. Unless a zombie is chasing us, you won't see us running...but you will hear us cheering along the finish chute of course between 10 am and 1 pm on Pearl between 15th and 17th streets! We have it on good authority that the first 250 spectators who show up will be given a cowbell to MAKE SOME NOISE! It's a Sunday so grab a cup of Joe and join us.
Here are few impacts to know about around downtown:
- Pearl Street will be closed to all traffic between 15th Street to 17th Street from 6 am to 6 pm.
- 15th Street will also be closed to all traffic between Lawry Lane and Spruce Street from 6 am to 6 pm. Access to the 15th Street Parking Garage will remain open.
- 14th Street will be closed to all traffic between Walnut and Spruce from 6 am on Friday through 6 pm on Sunday.
Let's Sing Together this World Singing Day
On Saturday, October 16th head downtown for the 6th annual World Singing Day, a community sing-along where people of all ages, backgrounds and singing abilities are invited. Sing along to popular songs, from the Beatles to Taylor Swift. Lyric booklets are provided. No rehearsals or preparation are necessary. Just show up and experience the joy and community of this favorite annual Boulder event. Taking place at the Boulder Bandshell from 1 pm - 2:30 pm, we are looking forward to singing with you!
Pearl Street Stampedes are BACK!
The Pearl Street Stampedes have become THE kickoff celebration for CU home football games for over a decade. The night before each home game, hundreds of Buffs fans line the Pearl Street Mall as members of the "Golden Buffalo" Marching Band plays to the crowds’ delight. Members of the CU football team and coaching staff are greeted with cheers and high-fives from fans of all ages. The Stampedes are a joint collaboration between the University of Colorado, local businesses, the City of Boulder and Downtown Boulder.
Led by Stephen Tebo’s vintage 1948 fire truck, members of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band start performing at 7 pm on the 1300 block of Pearl Street (in front of the County Courthouse). The Stampedes moves west, stopping on each block of the Pearl Street Mall To perform. See more detail on the next Stampede at the link below.